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Health Concerns from Contact with Mold in California Homes and Buildings

LA Testing offers mold and other indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, building inspection tools, and air monitoring instruments to detect and mitigate exposure risks in all types of buildings.

Huntington Beach, California, July 19, 2024 The U.S. Census Bureau reports there are more than 39 million people living in California in over 14 million housing units. It is the nation’s most populous state and home to a large population who are conscious of their health and concerned about potential contaminants in their homes.   An all too common indoor contaminant is fungi, commonly referred to as mold. Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold multiplies by producing microscopic spores which are so small they.......[Read More] [All News]

Santa Clara County Public Health Identifies Shigella Outbreak in the Community

LA Testing provides infection control, environmental and food testing services to identify Shigella and a wide range of other pathogens and contaminants.

Huntington Beach, California, July 17, 2024 In late June, Santa Clara Public Health announced it had identified an outbreak of Shigella among individuals experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara County. As of the time of the agency’s declaration, 10 people had tested positive for Shigella associated with this outbreak investigation and 22 more suspected cases had been identified. Shigella is very contagious type of bacteria and exposure to even a tiny amount of contaminated fecal matter can cause infection........[Read More] [All News]

Heat Protection for Indoor Workers Approved by California Standards Board

LA Testing offers instruments to measure and monitor the temperature, humidity, and other environmental parameters to safeguard workers from heat stress, and to help companies and institutions comply with health and safety regulations.

Huntington Beach, California, July 15, 2024 Last month, California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved an indoor heat standard to protect indoor workers from heat illness. California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 3396 establishes required safety measures for indoor places of employment to prevent employee exposure to heat illness risks. The new standard applies to most workplaces where the indoor temperature reaches 82°F. The standard requires employers to provide access to clean drinking water,.......[Read More] [All News]

Imported Gardening Tool Sets for Children Recalled by a California Company Due to Phthalate Concerns

LA Testing offers consumer product and material testing services for phthalates and other regulated substances to safeguard the public and to help keep companies in regulatory compliance.

Huntington Beach, California, July 9, 2024 Last month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of hundreds of gardening sets designed for children due to phthalate exposure issues. The kids gardening sets were imported from China by a company based in California. According to the CPSC recall notice: The brown handle strings contain levels of phthalates that exceed the federal phthalate ban. Phthalates are toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.  The items were sold by.......[Read More] [All News]

California Residents Reminded to be Aware of Harmful Algal Blooms

LA Testing provides laboratory services and sampling supplies to identify aquatic contaminants, harmful algal blooms and toxins to safeguard the public, environment and to help protect industries that depend on clean water.

Huntington Beach, California, July 3, 2024 During the warm summer months, the potential for harmful algal blooms (HABs) in California waterways increases significantly. Around this time last year, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) issued a reminder to residents of the dangers of blue-green algae potentially growing rapidly into algal blooms due to factors such as warm water temperatures, calm conditions and certain nutrients in the water. DWR warned: While some algae are harmless, certain types can produce toxins.......[Read More] [All News]

Summer Allergies and Indoor Allergens in California Homes and Buildings

LA Testing provides indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instruments to identify and mitigate exposure to allergens, respiratory irritants and asthma triggers.

Huntington Beach, California, July 1, 2024 Millions of Californians suffer from seasonal allergies. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nationwide, about a quarter of all adults, and almost 19% of children, have a seasonal allergy. While many people associate allergies with spring, they can be a problem for some people any time of the year, including the summer months. Outdoor culprits, like pollen, are a common cause of summer allergies. Depending on where one lives, they may be exposed to a.......[Read More] [All News]

Identifying Sources of Particulate Matter to Improve the Indoor Air Quality of California Homes and Buildings

LA Testing provides air quality testing services, sampling supplies and monitoring instruments to measure and identify particulate matter (PM) and other airborne pollutants.

Huntington Beach, California, June 27, 2024 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a new webpage on sources of indoor particulate matter (PM). The agency reports that it is especially concerned about tiny particles that are 10 micrometers in diameter or smaller. These particles can be inhaled deep into the lungs where they could cause serious health effects, including decreased lung function and other concerning conditions. Particulate matter found indoors includes particles that come from outdoor air and.......[Read More] [All News]

Mass Lawsuit Filed Against Landfill Operators in Los Angeles County due to Alleged Toxic Odors

LA Testing offers air, water, soil, dust, and bulk material testing services to identify and mitigate exposure risks due to chemical, microbial and combustion hazards.

Huntington Beach, California, June 24, 2024 Multiple media outlets reported last month on a lawsuit filed by nearly 1,000 people living near a large municipal landfill in Los Angeles County that is operated by a private company. The civil suit against the landfill alleges toxic odors and fumes have resulted in numerous health issues for those living in the area.    Back in February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had ordered the operators of the landfill to take immediate steps to protect human.......[Read More] [All News]

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